Author Archives: Anna

Handmade Huddersfield home

Felt Mountain Studios handmade home in Marsden Huddersfield Yorkshire

How many of us have been in this situation: you're home from travelling, you're working low paid jobs, you're back living with mum and dad and you can't afford to rent your own place let alone buy. Well I'm about to tell you about one Yorkshire woman's ingenious solution. Stephanie Bertenshaw took three garages next to her parents' ...

Top 10 DIYs and a blog award

Nominee Badge

You might have noticed a little addition to my sidebar recently. That's right, a couple of weeks ago I was hit with the brilliant news that I've been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards. I'm in the 'best DIY blog' category and you will notice that I have some mega competition, so I only have an ...

Virtual Bathrooms competition

Virtual Bathrooms bathroom design competition

It may be only a few months since we completely renovated our bathroom, but that doesn't mean I never think about things we might have done, or what we might do in a bathroom of the future. Bathroom supplier Virtual Bathrooms are currently running a competition for people to use their bathroom designer tool to create their perfect ...

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival family day August 2014

As I was in London on the August bank holiday weekend, I decided to go to Notting Hill Carnival. My friend and I were going to a party out of town on the Monday, when heavy rain was forecast anyway, so we decided we'd go to carnival on the Sunday, billed as 'family day'. I'm glad I went, but ...

South Bank, London

South Bank London

The older I get, the more I seem to tire of London. My brother moved down pretty much straight after graduating and there have been times when I thought I'd follow suit. I never did, but the city is quite familiar to me because of the trips I've made for work and to see him and friends. I always ...

Do you say ‘I love you’ enough?

When did you last tell someone who matters to you that you love them? I'm pretty good at telling my husband I love him. As a couple we probably say it most days. (It's funny, as I was writing this he phoned me from downstairs to pass on some practical info and we ended the 10 second ...

My dream office space

Glass walled office in woodland of Selgas Cano architects Madrid

My place of work is functional and pleasant and we've recently had a few improvements done that has made the space feel bigger and more open. But it's not what you would call inspiring. We're a small team, and in that the-grass-is-always-greener way of thinking most of us adopt a lot of the time, I sometimes wonder ...

My top 5 home DIY tips

kitchen renovation

Apart from a couple of days when I had to be absent because of a work crisis, it's been pretty much non-stop DIY at our place over the last week or so. The plasterer's now been in and done his thing, which means the rooms are looking more put together than patchwork, as they were. This is ...

Blogger buffet at The Light

Blogger buffet at the Light, Leeds. Cafe Rouge, Miller and Carter, Frankie and Bennys and Browns

As blogger events go, this promised to be good. We were invited to The Light, Leeds, for a 'blogger buffet' with a different course at four of the venue's restaurants. Off The Headrow, The Light has been on the scene for a while and, as new shopping centres emerge in the city it seems to have found its ...

Bird and Beast, Leeds

Bird and Beast rotisserie chicken restaurant, Leeds, Yorkshire

While not much of a fan of fast food, I do like food that is fast and functional. It helps if it is also hearty and delicious, which makes Leeds' new-ish restaurant, Bird and Beast, a winner for me. Bird and Beast serves free range chicken grown at Sykes Farm in the Yorkshire Wolds. This gives the ...

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